H.L. Mencken’s Saturday Night Club reconvened by Concert Artists of Baltimore

via Clef Notes: H.L. Mencken's Saturday Night Club reconvened by Concert Artists of Baltimore - The Baltimore Sun’s classical music critic Tim Smith blogs about the sonic art, local and beyond - baltimoresun.com.

Fresh ideas for the rebirth of classical music in the 21st century; taking ideas from the past. Intimate settings, blurring the line between audience and performers, playing and sharing music for pleasure.

From the first sounds of the opening movement to Schubert's "Unfinished" Symphony -- scored for five strings, clarinet, flute, horn and piano -- a really cool picture emerged of what went on back in the day. Edward Polochick, artistic director of Concert Artists, was an engaging guide for this time travel, and he drew from his musicians consistently spirited playing (a couple of rough patches could be considered, in this context, a case of historical authenticity).

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2 comments for “H.L. Mencken’s Saturday Night Club reconvened by Concert Artists of Baltimore

  1. William Wendt
    April 14, 2010 at

    Where was this held in Baltimore?? My wife is from there and we lived there in the 1970;s and I worked at McCormick and Co on the waterfront. I was also with The Rouse Company who developed the Baltimore waterfront. This Saturday night club sounds like it was very interesting. William Wendt

    • April 14, 2010 at

      You are right. It does sound like a great idea. It was held at the atrium of the Engineer's Club, where ever that is. Hope that helps. (The link in my blog post takes you to the full article, so you can follow up if you wish)

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